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Become a fan of the ALA Chapters on Facebook. Also visit the ALA Chapter pages to discover what all the Chapters have to offer, from advocacy for libraries to conferences to member benefits and more.

Expense Cuts Allow ALA to Partially Restore Staff Furlough Loss

ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels announced this morning at an all-staff meeting at ALA Headquarters in Chicago, that expense reductions during the last six months of FY2009 (which ended August 31) had exceeded target and resulted in a modest surplus that would be used to return about half of the money all ALA employees lost during a mandated week of unpaid furlough, which amounts to about $650 per employee.

Expense Cuts Allow ALA to Partially Restore Staff Furlough Loss

ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels announced this morning at an all-staff meeting at ALA Headquarters in Chicago, that expense reductions during the last six months of FY2009 (which ended August 31) had exceeded target and resulted in a modest surplus that would be used to return about half of the money all ALA employees lost during a mandated week of unpaid furlough, which amounts to about $650 per employee.

Unemployed? Special ALA Membership Rates Do Exist

How do you maximize the value of membership in the American Library Association during tough financial times? I've had several discussions with ALA staff recently, prompted by communications I've received from non-members who are exasperated by the employment prospects in the field or frustrated about just exactly how they are supposed to pay membership dues when they are unemployed or afraid of losing their jobs.

Genealogy skills for all, New England historic resources focus of 2010 RUSA Midwinter Institute

Engaging speakers and informative presentations will abound at the upcoming Midwinter Institute “The Genealogy Reference Desk: Where Everyone Knows Your Name”, a full-day workshop focused on New England genealogy resources and genealogy research techniques, and  presented by the History Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). Genealogical research skills and tools are a vital resource for any library providing reference services.

Universal design best practices to be presented, discussed at 2010 ASCLA Midwinter Institute

Are you interested in learning more about the challenges, solutions and best practices associated with maximizing the library experience for all patrons, including those with functional differences? Attending “Breaking Down Barriers: Best Practices in Universal Design for Libraries” will provide an interactive environment in which to explore these ideas.

Unemployed? Special ALA Membership Rates Do Exist

How do you maximize the value of membership in the American Library Association during tough financial times? I’ve had several discussions with ALA staff recently, prompted by communications I’ve received from non-members who are exasperated by the employment prospects in the field or frustrated about just exactly how they are supposed to pay membership dues when they are unemployed or afraid of losing their jobs.

New Resources from Advocacy University

Advocacy University is ALA’s initiative geared to providing tools, training and resources to library advocates to achieve real advocacy goals in real situations at the local level. Go there now and learn about these wonderful resources to help you in your advocacy work:

Two RUSA online courses offered this fall

After a summer respite, RUSA online courses are back in action! We have two courses on the calendar for the remainder of 2009. More information can be found by clicking on the course title, which will take you to the course webpage chock full of information about instructors and class content.

ALSC's Fall / Winter Student Sessions

Greetings Students!

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) will be holding a couple of ALSC Student Sessions this year that we’d love to see you attend! ALSC Student Sessions are basically FREE online workshops that run about an hour and are lead by ALSC members from across the country. All you need to participate is a computer with speakers and an interest in children’s services. This is also a great opportunity to network with other students and ALSC members without leaving the comfort of your home (or coffee shop, computer lab, library…).

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